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Meghann Brink makes her way to the car after shopping at the Oak Park Town Center shopping complex Walmart in Hixson, Tenn., on February 19, 2015.

Walmart announced today that it is giving raises to 17,352 Tennessee workers for the pay period that begins April 4, bringing the new full time hourly wage in Tennessee to $12.87. 

As of now, all of Walmart's workers earn at least $9 per hour, and by Feburary 2016, the company's workers will earn at least $10 per hour, the company said in a news release. 

"As personnel manager, I have already seen the immediate positive impact this raise is having on employees at my store," said Neki Ward, Antioch, Tennessee. "I am so thankful to know employees will have a better opportunity and motivation to continue their career path with Walmart."

The news comes as Walmart has faced pressure from social justice groups to raise wages and benefits for its workers, and as company has committed to giving its workers an additional $1 billion companywide. 

The company is also raising wages for department managers, and is giving employees access to fixed schedules that will remain in place for at least six months. 

The first check paid to associates with the higher wage will be delivered on April 23. 

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